Rory is a veteran brand and political strategist with expertise earned from high-level advising and consulting roles. At Purple, he leads advocacy and reputation campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized corporations and issue-based organizations. Rory joined Purple after serving as Communications Director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor where he advised leadership on the party’s agenda and legislative priorities. As part of the original staff in the Office for Homeland Security at the White House, Rory played a central role in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of 9/11. Rory has led communications and strategy for The Heritage Foundation. He served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy and Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental affairs at NASA. Along the way, he’s worked on several presidential campaigns. Rory appears regularly as a political commentator on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC, and is also is a regular columnist for The Daily Beast. He’s a graduate of Tulane University.
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